The Embodied Practitioner Certification (EPC) Program
A New World is Emerging and it is Demanding a New Human
As the world becomes more complex we increasingly see the inadequacy of conventional approaches to our problems. From local issues such as school reform, to national issues such as healthcare access, to global issues such as climate change, all kinds of challenges seem to defy resolution.
It’s clear that today’s challenges are asking something different from us. What’s needed is a new human being—an integral human being, someone who...
- has both profound professional skills and unwavering personal presence
- has nuanced interpersonal abilities but also the capacity for complex systems analysis
- is deeply self-reflective yet totally committed to addressing the injustices inflicted on others
- draws on their capacity for deep silence in order to keep their eyes open in the face of chaos
Imagine how things could be if there was a critical mass of change leaders with these qualities. Change leaders would be able to navigate psychological, cultural, religious and political differences more effectively. Burn-out would yield to new depths of energy and resourcefulness. The universe of possible solutions for any problem would be greatly expanded, and more of the deeper potential of humanity would be realized.
The World Needs a New Model for Change Leadership
Inspired by this vision, we have created a one-of-a-kind leadership program based on a new model for change leadership. We call it the Embodied Practitioner Certification (EPC) program, and we believe it is an important contribution towards creating and nurturing a new generation of change leaders. This vision of a new kind of change leader was much in our hearts and minds when we started MetaIntegral Academy. We believe the future of the planet depends on the emergence of a new type of change leader, one who has a very different relationship to themselves, others, and the world.
EPC is a comprehensive, in-depth and rigorous nine-month leader development program. It gives you the tools, methods, practices, and mentoring you need to develop and execute a project that reflects your passion and talents, one that you can lead from a more embodied level of development to have a new kind of impact on the world.
EPC is the first ever professional certification focused on integral project leadership. Our goal is to develop leaders and projects that are up to the complex challenges facing the world today. Our approach supports your development toward the embodied worldcentric action required to develop a project with impact.
We want to support, challenge, teach, train, and inspire you to become the embodiment of human development, so that your action fully inhabits a worldcentric perspective and your leadership is truly up to the great challenges our planet faces. And we want to give you tools, methods, and mentoring to help you develop a project that reflects your passion and talents, one that you can lead from a more embodied level of development to have a new kind of impact in the world.
EPC is a three level program. This nine month program includes three five day in-person seminars, graduate level academic study, deep personal development, professional skills development, creation of a project with real world application, and lots of individual coaching - all aimed to support you in the project of your choice.
Here are some of the things that make this program unique and valuable:
- Retreat + Academic + Professional: The program combines core elements of a long-term retreat, a graduate level academic program, and professional training in an unprecedented way.
- Incubator Environment: The program is strongly oriented to helping participants become change leaders through enacting a project. Each participant works on a project, an idea for something they want to manifest in the world, and we support them in giving form to that project.
- Professional Application: The program provides the most sophisticated support, resources, experience, and network of contacts for participants to successfully develop their project.
- Meta-Methodologies: The program trains you in applying integral meta-lenses such as TetraDynamics and PolarityDynamics and trains you to use integral meta-practices such as Action Inquiry and Integral Engagement.
- Personal Mentoring and Support: Participants have regular mentoring sessions with a teacher to support their personal and professional development.
- Wide and Deep Embodiment: The program places participants’ reflective awareness and embodiment at the center of the training. This is key to creating a healthy, sustainable relationship to the change process.
- Rigorous Developmental Testing: Participants will go through a rigorous developmental testing process to measure and assess their growth during the program. No other program does as much testing to ensure in measurable ways that participants are developing to meet the participants and program’s goals.
What EPC Can Do for You
These features combine to create a unique human development and project-based leadership training. If you are engaged in making change in the world, and if you are looking for ways to be not only more effective but more engaged and motivated, then EPC could be just the program for you.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Learn new frameworks for understanding the world and how it is evolving that reveal untapped human potential
- Accelerate your personal development to bring new cognitive, self-reflective, emotional, and somatic capacities online
- Understand the true nature of “activist burnout” and develop a new, more equanimous relationship with what you are trying to change in the world
- Get support for developing and giving form to an idea or project that you want to bring into the world
- Become part of a growing community of change leaders who are grounded in a model of change leadership that is truly up to the world’s challenges
- Deepen and expand your interpersonal and leadership capacities in service of deep impact
What EPC Students Are Saying
Inspiring comments from the EPC1 program that ended in October 2014:
Comments from the first cohort of the Level 1 program that ended in January 2014:
Meet the Faculty
If you're wondering what it's like to work with the faculty, here's a short video of the faculty in action at the final seminar of the EPC Level 1 program that ended in October 2014. (Faculty bios are at the end of this page.)
How to register
About the Faculty
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of MetaIntegral. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Integral Theory and its application. Building on the vision of American Philosopher Ken Wilber, he has played a significant role in creating the field of Integral Theory. Sean is a leading “scholar-practitioner” in integral studies and has published many articles on applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies.
Dana Carman is an expert in human and organizational transformation. Since 1984 Dana has worked as a senior advisor, consultant and executive coach to leaders of more than 200 visionary organizations on five continents. His clients include multi-nationals, small and mid-sized market leaders, governments and NGO’s that are committed to making a significant impact nationally, regionally and globally. For well over two decades Dana has brought an Integral Whole Systems Approach to complex organizational change.
Jesse McKay has a bachelor degree with majors in Business Administration and Psychology, and an MBA with an emphasis on Corporate Strategy. He works as an engineer with a team of scientists responsible for designing and building command and monitoring systems for the International Space Station, and, separately, as an management consultant serving leaders motivated to achieve greater levels of effectiveness and impact through improved management of their selves, their teams, and their organizations. Jesse has an extensive inter-cultural background that includes professional engagements in Russia, Germany, Ethiopia, Spain, Australia, Sweden, Korea, Estonia, and Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sounds great! When and where is the next program?
The next program starts November 2016 - please see EPC downunder.
I'm not sure what my project would be. Do I have to have one clearly defined in order to qualify?
It's helpful to have your project concept defined before the program starts as this will allow you more time to develop it during the program. But it's definitely not a requirement. We ask that you come in with at least a general concept, then we can help you develop it into a project.
My project concept is fairly small scale; it doesn't have global or even national impact. Is that okay?
Absolutely! Change occurs at all scales and often large scale change happens as a result of something that started on a small scale. So we welcome project concepts of all sizes.
I feel that I'm called to make change in the world but I'm pretty young and don't have much experience. Would this program be too advanced for me?
EPC is for anyone who wants to embody the kind of change leadership that the world increasingly needs. It's for people who are veterans and want to deepen their commitment and effectiveness, and it's for young, emerging change leaders who want a training program that will get them started on the right path.
How is EPC different from other training programs?
There are many programs that offer training for people who want to make change in the world. Most of these programs have a particular focus that is the program's strength. But they also have a bias toward the importance of that focus that leaves the program weak in other areas. For example, some programs are quite good at teaching community organizing skills, but they do not focus on participants' personal development, which can leave participants underprepared to handle the emotional complexities of community work. EPC is unique for at least three reasons:
- The program was designed according to the principles of Integral Theory so it is very comprehensive. It works with all dimensions of being human.
- The program is explicitly developmental. It is more than "bolting on" skillsets; it is helping people to transform themselves and acquire the capacities needed to lead change in the 21st century.
- The program is project oriented. There is academic study, there is personal development work, but everyone also creates a project in which all the learning and development can be applied in an immediate and practical way.
METAINTEGRAL EPC Level 1
Level 1 is called "The Path of Presence and Skillful Action" and is represented by our Silver Star. In this year-long training you will learn to work with integral frameworks and a developmental model. You will apply these to an actual project you are working on during the year. During that time you will receive mentorship that supports you to be aware of your somatic, emotional, and cognitive experiences and how to link them powerfully to skillful action. At the end of the program you will present your project to the rest of the cohort and highlight the role Presence and Skillful Action played in your engagement over the year.
The next cohort of the Level 1 program will begin in Adelaide, Australia on November 8, 2016. EPC programs in the US and other countries: Dates To Be Announced Soon!
METAINTEGRAL EPC Level 2
Level 2 is called "The Path of Essence and Integral Impact" and is represented by our Gold Star. In this year-long training you will learn to work with additional integral frameworks and another developmental model - thus you will be building on the ones you used in Level 1. For a year you will apply these frameworks and models to either the same project you worked on in Level 1 or a completely new one - it is up to you. During that time you will receive mentorship that focuses on you being able to tap into your personal Essence and the subtle fields of energy around you and to do so in a way that amplifies your capacity to deliver integral impact in the context of your project. At the end of the program, as you did previously, you will present your project to the rest of the cohort with an emphasis on the role of Essence and its relationship to obtaining Integral Impact not just on the people or projects but on the larger fields of reality surrounding the project.
The next cohort of the Level 2 program will begin: To Be Announced Soon!
METAINTEGRAL EPC Level 3
Level 3 is called "The Path of Co-arising and Enactment" and is represented by our Black Star. In this final year of training you will add additional integral frameworks and developmental models to your expertise. In total you will complete your full Embodied Practitioner Certification being well versed in at least thirteen integral lenses (10 frameworks and 3 developmental models). As with Level 2 you can either continue to apply your new integral lenses to a project you worked on in either Level 1 or Level 2, or you can choose an entirely new project to focus on. Over the year you will receive specialized mentorship that supports you to cultivate profound qualities of being that place you in direct contact with the co-arising nature of all phenomena and how you can leverage that experience to enact integral realities that serve the flourishing of aliveness for all beings. As with the prior two levels you will be presenting the results and insights from the year at the end of the program and this will be done in a rich field of pure timeless potential. In fact, this whole last year is really focusing on being an "involutionary" and learning how to hang out on the edge of what is emerging and being a vehicle for that.
A start date for the Level 3 program has not yet been established.